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Posted on 04/29/2004 12:14:26 PM PDT by ahadams2
Aborted vote upsets traditionalists
Number: 5715 Date: April 29
Traditionalists in Canada have been dealt a blow in their hopes for alternative oversight.
Although the House of Bishops had asked for a report, from a group chaired by Bishop Victoria Matthews, they declined to vote on it after Bishop Michael Ingham walked out to meet the Dalai Lama.
A decision will not now be made until October, after Canadas General Synod decides whether to give local option to its dioceses on the blessing of same-sex unions.
Bishop Matthews's report concluded that Canada was so deeply divided over homosexuality that healing and reconciliation can be served best by the implementation of Alternative Episcopal Oversight. The plan asked that dissenting and distressed parishes be assigned a bishop based upon theological affinity, not geography.
The Matthews plan would have vested authority for the selection of the flying bishop in the Churchs five metropolitan Archbishops in consultation with the House of Bishops, and not with the local diocesan.
Participants in the debate told us Bishop Michael Ingham of New Westminster objected to the plan telling the House of Bishops it was biased, and further argued that jurisdiction must remain with the local diocesan and could not be devolved to other bishops under Church canons.
Bishop Matthews unsuccessfully urged the bishops to commit to some plan of action before the June meeting of General Synod in order to provide a safety net for conservatives should Synod authorise dioceses to allow the blessing of same-sex unions.
The Acting Primate, Archbishop David Crawley, however, closed off discussion of the Report after Bishop Ingham announced he was leaving, two days early, to participate in an inter-faith forum with the Dalai Lama. Archbishop Crawley ruled it would be improper to vote on the Report in Bishop Inghams absence, as Bishop Ingham was the focus of the report.
A spokesman for the diocese of New Westminster told us before the House of Bishops meeting had been scheduled, Bishop Ingham had been invited over a year ago to moderate a forum at the University of British Columbia with the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
The Rt Rev Donald Young, Bishop of Central Newfoundland told The Church of England Newspaper, that the Bishops failure to lead leaves the Church on a slippery slope. The inability of the House to act he argued, does not sit well with many Anglicans across this country. They, quite frankly, are looking to the House of Bishops for leadership and for something that may help both sides in this debate.
Lesley Bentley, a spokesman for the traditionalists in New Westminster told us to be unable even to receive the report seems at the very least a slap to Bishop Matthews and committee who worked so hard on it.